Choosing a wall color, people prefer going for something rather neutral that would give them space for creativity. No wonder that grey has been nailing this competition and now is on the top of its game.
As it offers different backgrounds for the furnishings – from soft dove greys to deeper charcoals to the in-between greige – the options of decorations are also plentiful, including those for the curtain colors for grey walls. Everything depends on the vibe that you are creating.
Whether you want to roll with the classic curtains to match grey walls or substitute them with a more modern analog, like louver shutter, or combine the two – you simply cannot go wrong if combining them with grey walls. However, some top colors work best with such interior and that are used most frequently. Here, we’ve put them together in the list:
- Different types of grey
- Various kinds of whites
- Shades of blue
You are very encouraged here to unleash your inner designer and set your imagination free. If you do not feel like putting too much effort though, or if you need some kick-start for the inspiration, we collected some wonderful combination examples with curtains for gray walls for you to use.
Sheer white curtains and medium grey walls
You will see, that in most bedrooms that we chose to be an example, there is used a trick where the curtain is hanged from a higher point than the top of the window. This trick gives an illusion of a higher ceiling and enlarges the space, “stretching” it up.
Light sheer curtains add the airiness to the overall mood, and together with the light tone of the wall and the carpet, they do a good job making the room elegant and pure. And even relatively dark furniture parts do not weigh them down.
The charcoal curtains – whether they are sheer or thick – work as a great contrast to the lighter walls and floor. The choice of their material, as the choice of the furniture, will depend on the vibe that you are creating. Going for something more neutral and classic – darker materials to highlight the contrast and natural colors for the furniture to balance them.
Feeling like making something more modern and fun? Add to this grey kingdom a touch of bright color in furniture and decorations: put a purple carpet or a yellow couch (or the two together?) and you are good to go.
In this ensemble, it is beneficial to use cold tones for both curtains and walls. (Tip: mixing warm and cold tones in any one combination is very thin ice and a hard job, so we recommend you staying within one tone in an ensemble or combining neutral with cold or warm ones).
Be ready for the teal curtains to give a colored shade to your walls and make them look slightly blueish. The thick material with deep color will add richness to the general mood. It is beneficial (yet not obligatory) to combine the curtains with the furniture group of the same teal color.
Medium grey curtains together with medium grey walls
This couple is the classic example of monochromatic elegance – simple, yet dignified. And though the color of the curtains for a grey room can vary from the color of the walls (even if you do your best job to make them match when putting next to each other) due to the differences of the materials and their thickness, decorate the room with objects of the same soothing grey palette, and you get yourself a calm and peaceful getaway.
Curtains and walls of the same tone
Talking about monochromatic groups, it works for the absolute majority of colors, not just medium grey. This is perfect timing to play with the texture and see what wonderful different shades (and shapes) it creates. Do not be afraid to try something bold – keeping it in one color smoothes down the texture differences so you will find it hard to lose track.
Tan curtains and greige walls
Remember we talked about the mixture of cold and warm tones? As tough as this job is, it is not impossible, and this example will show you why. Greige color is on the top of its game now, it works well on both flat and textured surfaces (thus, you can use a brick wall, for instance), and supports well a wide palette of colors for the furniture.
The warm tan of the curtains adds some coziness to the room, you can choose between sheer and thick material, however, if there are many details in the walls and furniture, it is recommended to choose the lighter variant.
To bring in some nature vibe to the interior, consider combining blueish walls with greenish curtains (we recommend mossy green since it has already a hint of grey in it and goes well with blueish-grey, imitating sky and woods, but you are always encouraged to experiment and find new fascinating combinations of your own).
Depending on the density of the curtains material, the palette for the furniture will vary: thick curtains bring more color, thus you may want to stick to neutral tones for the furniture, while light sheer curtains do not make the overall look much heavier, so you will have an opportunity to play with the furniture colors more freely.
Rose grey curtains and rose grey walls
Monochromatic looks can be different, so you do not have to stick to medium grey only. One way to bring life to the room in the monochrome is to add the print – it can be on curtains, can be on walls, can be on furniture or pieces of decoration. Here we suggest a delicate rose grey look for a nice relaxing atmosphere.
The color of the curtain is constantly interacting with the wall color; depending on the tone and depth, they will influence each other differently. In this case, a bright yellow on the curtains brings up the green hues of the grey walls and makes the space more lively. The curtains used are not sheet, but neither too thick, thus they bring in just the perfect amount of brightness to balance the grey.
In this simple look, there is not much texture used – the plain grey wall is combined with the blue sheet curtains. However, this simplicity enables us to bring the best out of these two colors and create a simulation of the ocean waves running high against the rocky shore.
Sheer teal curtains and grey walls
We already showed you a way to use teal curtains with grey palette walls – but this time we are doing it with sheer curtains to go with grey walls. If you compare the two (see “Teal curtains next to medium grey walls”), you will see how different the same color looks on the materials of different thicknesses.
Sheer curtains in this ensemble look almost turquoise with big windows full of light behind them. Sheer teal curtains are more playful than solid ones and call for modern decorations and furniture.
As we mentioned before, to maintain a great balance of colors and textures, it is best to keep one simple and elaborate on the other one. That said if you introduce many different colors, do not mess with the textures, or keep it monochromatic and play with the surfaces.
In this example, the textured concrete brings in different shades of grey and is accompanied by a dark floor and simple yet elegant draping curtains. The sofa and pillows match the colors of the floor and curtains, completing the overall look.
Greige curtains and greige walls
Did we say the monochromatic design solutions are extremely popular now? We will most likely repeat this some times again because they indeed are! This room offers you curtains that are textured, but the color that matches that one of the walls does not allow this texture to stand out. Such solid curtains take quite much attention on themselves, that is why the furniture and the decoration should be kept simple and not stand out.
Brown sofa with white curtains and grey walls
Brown sofa – whether it’s in textile or leather – is a classic design solution that works well in different interiors. In this example, we see how quite dense grey walls together with uplifting white sheer curtains create a great background to the classic furniture ensemble with the sofa in the lead.
Even though the density of the grey on the walls is quite different, there is some resemblance between this look and the previous one – the curtains are used ceiling to floor for stretching the space upwards and are supported by soft grey walls, and the two of them together create an optimal background to almost any design.
A room in blue, grey, and white
As you know, the design is more complex than just matching the colors and it is not just the curtains and walls that should work together well. Here we prepared for you an example of the bedroom colored in blue, grey, and white – not just the walls and drapes, but also the bed, the sheets, the bedside tables, and even the armchair.
This case may be specific due to the elaborate print used for the bed and the drapes (and as you may have noticed, it is the same for both), and such prints are hard to combine with other interior elements, however since these three cool colors work great together, the room does not look overloaded.
Beige curtains with dark greige walls
Or vice versa! There are no strict rules in design as long as it resembles your vision and makes you feel exactly the way you want to feel. This room is a perfect representation of classic style, with some “light” elements in white color and “heavy” decorations in metal. Combined, they make a perfectly balanced elegant, and comfortable room.
The thick material of the curtains in this example makes the texture stand out, thus taking almost all the room from the walls and making them look almost colorless. Such curtains are indeed a solid interior design element and do require simplicity from the other elements in the same room.
Summing it all up, when you look for the curtains that go with gray walls, think first about the feeling that you want to bring up for a person in the room. Whites, greys, and beiges are simple colors that make it very simple to keep things neutral.
However, if you are going for a more lively vibe and have set your eyes on some bright colored curtains, remember that the light, the surface behind the curtain, the thickness of the material – these are the factors that will influence the color of your curtains constantly, making them change and vary.
That is why, before making the last decision we strongly suggest you check the colors out in different lighting and on different materials before making your final choice. In any case, there is no need to fret about what color curtains go with gray walls too much – take the one you like, try it, and if it did not work for your room, take another one and try again.
You can read also about Top 10 types of kitchen curtains here.